BACKWATER VALVE INSTALLATION HAMILTON

BACKWATER VALVE INSTALLATION 

At Aquatech Hamilton, we’re here to help homeowners stave off the problem of basement flooding. There are many ways by which we accomplish this but perhaps the best known and most popular is through backwater valve installation. Backwater valves help prevent sewer backflow into your basement and are an essential ingredient in any comprehensive flood mitigation program for most residences. Keep reading to learn just what a backwater valve is, how it works and whether it’s right for your home.

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TIMELY AND AFFORDABLE BACKWATER VALVE INSTALLATION TORONTO

Backflow from sewers has long been a problem in Hamilton.

It seems that after nearly every heavy rain event the municipal sewers become overwhelmed and homeowners all over town wind up with dirty water in their basements.

Thankfully there’s a pretty easy answer to this problem and it’s called a backwater valve.

WHAT IS A BACKWATER VALVE AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

backwater valve is quite a simple concept, although it does require the expertise of a licensed plumber to install. In a nutshell, the backwater valve is just that: a valve that prevents water from backing into your home from the Hamilton sewer system. It’s a one-way valve that lets water out and prevents water from coming back in.

DOES YOUR HOME NEED A BACKWATER VALVE?

One simple question can help determine if your home could benefit from the installation of a backwater valve and this is it: “Does sewer water back up into your basement when it rains hard?” If it does then you probably need a backwater valve. (If you find you have groundwater in your basement following heavy rains or snowmelt you may need to install a sump pump instead.)

CHECK YOUR BACKWATER VALVE

You should check your backwater valve every 2-3 months or before a forecasted heavy rainfall. This will ensure that the valve is functioning properly. Debris found in the valve will most likely prevent it from functioning properly.

FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO CLEAR AND MAINTAIN YOUR BACKWATER VALVE

Disclaimer: Always wear protective gloves and eye protection.

 

  • Open the cap on the backwater valve and check for any debris.
  • Flush the valve with a bucket of water or a garden hose to remove the debris.
  • If deposits of grease or other debris remain, scrubbing may be required.
  • When completed, ensure that the cap is placed back on the backwater valve and that it is tightly secured.
Cross section of concrete and dirt, under a black backwater valve

WHERE SHOULD THE BACKWATER VALVE BE INSTALLED AND HOW DOES IT PREVENT FLOODING?

A backwater valve is installed on the sewer line in your basement to prevent sewer lines from allowing water to flow back into the home. If properly installed, the backwater valve will only flow one-way; sewage can flow out, but not back into the home.

The Province of Ontario currently only approves of the Mainline Full port Backwater Valve for installation on the main sanitary sewer lateral of homes.

BACKWATER VALVE MAINTENANCE HAMILTON

Expert plumbers recommend annual backflow valve maintenance checkups. It is important for all the moving parts to have free movement and to clear away any debris.

CAN I DO A DIY BACKWATER VALVE INSTALLATION?

No. Only Licensed Plumbing Companies may install backflow valves. Aquatech Hamilton licensed plumbing company installs backwater valves and could help you install one.

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If you’re still not sure whether or not you would benefit from a backwater valve or if you’d like to book an appointment for a backwater valve installation, give Aquatech Hamilton a call today.

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